Column: Our endorsements one part of the discussion

Originally published in the Kane County Chronicle on March 25, 2011

Today and Saturday we’ll unveil our Editorial Board’s endorsements for the April 5 election.

Weeks of work went into the Editorial Board’s endorsements, from interviewing candidates individually to going through the questionnaire answers they submitted for our Election Central website – http://www.KCChronicle.com/election – to reading any other material we could find on the candidates.

Personally, as a member of the Editorial Board, I have done little other than study candidates for the past few weeks. I’ve talked with 47 candidates in 13 races. I’ve read countless pages of campaign literature. I’ve even dreamed about interviewing candidates, which – suffice it to say – is not exactly dancing sugar plums.

This year, we will endorse candidates in the races for St. Charles alderman, Geneva alderman, Batavia alderman, Elburn trustee, Sugar Grove trustee, Geneva School Board member, Batavia School Board member, Kaneland School Board member and Campton Hills village president. We also will take a look at the Kane County Forest Preserve District referendum. You can see some of our endorsements in today’s Opinion section.

We were pleased that the decisions weren’t easy. There are incredibly qualified candidates, and in some of the races, we think it’s a no-lose situation for voters. No matter who gets in, the voters will be well represented. It’s quite evident that almost all of the candidates have done their homework. And while some of the candidates had qualities that were more important to us when deciding who to endorse, you might have different criteria when choosing a candidate.

It’s important to remember that our endorsements are simply the recommendations of a few people.

I thought Dan McCaleb, the editor of one of our sister papers, the Northwest Herald in McHenry County, might have summed it up best.

“Our endorsements do not end the discussion. They are part of the discussion.”

We hope you will continue the discussion after reading our endorsements by finding out more about all of the candidates in the races, that you view our endorsements as a starting point. We encourage you to visit our Election Central website and read up on the candidates, look them up on the Internet – some have websites – or contact the candidates and question them – most are easy to find.

It has been a long few weeks preparing for these endorsements. We hope you’ll spend some time in the weeks left before the election to decide through your own study whether you agree with our endorsements.

Joe Grace is the editor of the Kane County Chronicle. Write to him at jgrace@kcchronicle.com or call him at 630-845-5368.

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